In an official ceremony, the Wiese Foundation will present the Lady of Cao’s bust with her recently unveiled face to the community of Magdalena de Cao in Ascope, La Libertad.

This event will be take place within the activities scheduled for the 3rd edition of the International Archeology Symposium.

After unveiling the face of the Lady of Cao and finishing the exhibition held in the Ministry of Culture, the Wiese Foundation announced the official conclusion of the research project that has allowed the world to see what an elite powerful leader of the Mochica people looked like 1700 years ago. The main attraction will be the arrival and symbolic handing over of the Lady of Cao to the community of Magdalena de Cao.

This event will be take place within the activities scheduled for the 3rd edition of the International Symposium of Archeology, which is organized annually by the Wiese Foundation. This year the conference is entitled “The Lady of Cao, Discussions about Space, Time and Power”. It is to be held on August 25th and 26th in Trujillo, Magdalena de Cao and the El Brujo Archaeological Complex in La Libertad.

The colloquium will begin with an academic meeting that will take place on Friday, August 25th in the city of Trujillo. Here, well-known national and international archeology experts and academics within other related disciplines will discuss and examine the results of the research derived from one of the most representative tombs found in Latin America: that of the Lady of Cao.

On the second day of the conference, Saturday, August 26, there will be presentations about the processes carried out to produce the forensic facial reconstruction and the replica of the mummified body of the Lady of Cao, as well as about the 3D documentation of the Huaca Cao Viejo and the enclosure in which the tomb was found in 2005. This activity will be carried out by the professionals of the Wiese Foundation’s archaeological team and the FARO Technologies and Grupo Abstract specialists who directly participated in this project. This part of the conference will take place at the El Brujo Archeological Complex.

The main event scheduled for these two days will take place at noon on Saturday, August 26th, in the main square of Magdalena de Cao. In an official ceremony and in the midst of an emotional celebration prepared by the community, representatives will welcome and symbolically receive the image of the Lady of Cao with the honors that she deserves. This inauguration will receive guests such as representatives from the Ministries of Culture and Foreign Trade and Tourism, political authorities, local residents and the general public. All will gather to honor our culture and feel proud of our legacy.

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The research project on the facial reconstruction of the Lady of Cao

In August 2016, the Wiese Foundation and FARO Technologies reached an agreement in order to produce forensic facial reconstruction and an exact replica of the mummified body of the Lady of Cao. They also planned to document in 3D the Lady’s mausoleum and the Huaca Cao Viejo, the place in which the mummy was found in 2005. The level of precision of the 3D technology used, coupled with the expertise of the interdisciplinary team of specialists involved throughout the project, guarantees high-quality results.

On July 4th 2017, after 10 months of work, the Ministries of Culture and Foreign Trade and Tourism, together with representatives from the Wiese Foundation and FARO Technologies, unveiled the results of this research project, which was unprecedented in Peru. Because of its historical and archeological significance, the news quickly circled the world.

The Wiese Foundation

The Weise Foundation has been working for 27 years alongside the Ministry of Culture in order to research, conserve and enhance the El Brujo Archaeological Complex in La Libertad.